*This is part of the A to Z challenge for April.
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Obviously this is going to be about the National Anthem for the United States, but, in the interest of not losing any followers from other countries, I think readers could easily substitute their own flag and country.
When I was trying to think of something for O, all I kept thinking was the big OH, say can you see…
It got me thinking about how much I love this song. Can you see that our flag still waves in the sky after two hundred years? Do we look at it in the same way Frances Scott Key stared in relief and pride when he saw it after a battle in the War of 1812. Are we amazed that our flag still waves because our country is still here?
When you see the flag, do you think about how wonderful your country is and what you can do to keep it that way, or do you think you would be willing to leave without ever looking back? Is your country just a place you live, or is it a home you would be willing to do anything to protect?
I once drove past a Veterans Cemetery and mentioned to my child that those who died for our freedom were buried there. My friend said she did not believe that was true. I asked her why. I could not imagine not believing that.
She said, “They died because people killed them. They did not keep us free. We are free because we are.”
It was an interesting point of view, but I tend to think the soldiers fought with the intention of protecting us, therefore they died to keep us free. Still, she made me think about it, which is a good thing. We should all think about what we believe and be able to justify it.
I can’t finish this post without addressing my interest in baseball. I love to go to Baltimore and to stand with my hand over my heart as the National Anthem plays in the stadium. I love when the crowd shouts “OH” so loudly I think all of Baltimore can hear it. *they do this because we are the O’s*
OH, say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
So, this is my “what do you believe?” question. Is the flag something that makes you proud, and do those who serve our country in the military, government, police, firefighters, etc. bravely do it to protect our freedom and security, or do they just do it because it’s a job?
Are we still the land of the free and the home of the brave?